"When Your Axe is at its Sharpest, it's Time to Lay it Down." - Wild Faith Serenades Longmont at Rosalee's Pizzeria

By: Moriel O'Connor

If you are searching for the sounds of music, you will strike gold in Boulder, Colorado. The Pearl Street Mall is well-dressed in street performers, everflowing fountains, sculptures over sandstone, and manicured beds of marigolds, daisies and tulips. You are almost certain to stumble upon a wandering musician. Some pass by; some choose to listen. This is where I met Leonardo Armigo of Wild Faith

Wild Faith.

Wild Faith.

With long curls, a sweet smile and a guitar in hand, he played for the people of Pearl Street busking. After catching him up and down the road, he invited me to his recent show at Rosalee's Pizzeria in Longmont, Colorado.

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Leo is a storyteller with impeccable rhythm and musical talent. His songs show an appreciation for sacred places and all aspects of nature, including the human experience and all its vulnerabilities. While he sings, passion rings through his voice and medicine moves through his fingers. Wild Faith is rooted in the Southwest, with Apache, Comanche, Spanish and  Mediterranean ancestry. Leo has been performing for over 15 years. He recently traveled through Peru and brought back stories to sing. Throughout his performance, Leo spoke for the land with lyrics and reminders such as:

"The example we set is the destruction we heal."

"When you're axe is at its sharpest, it's time to lay it down."

"When there is wonder, there is a way."

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Wild Faith donates 50% of his album sales to Amazon Watch, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the Amazon rainforest and the rights and cultures of the indigenous. You can support the Amazon and purchase Wild Faith's album, The Longest Journey- An Acoustic Experience here. Find him at Arise Festival in Loveland, Colorado this August and Tribal Visions in Taos, New Mexico this September. If you're lucky, you might even hear his heart songs on Boulder’s Pearl Street. 

Keep up with Wild Faith here

-Moriel

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Broken Land: Colorado Alt-Country Band Ready to Keep You Dancing

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Based out of Lafayette, CO, alt-country rock band Broken Land have been playing the Front Range together since 2014. Comprised of members Todd Schroeder (vocals), Chris Anton (guitar), Rick Schwolsky (pedal steel/dobro), Chris Howarth (bass), Curt Pleiss (drums), and Allison Langley (vocals), the six-piece outfit are currently signed to Drowsy Dog Records.

Broken Land.

Broken Land.

After a series of earlier EPs, Broken Land released their debut self-titled album this past March. Its 12 tunes boast plenty of rockin’ twang and boot-stompin’ alt-country goodness to get you up off your feet and onto that local brewery dance floor (you know you want to).

Check out Broken Lands’ self-titled album here.

Next month, you’ve got two sweet chances to catch a Broken Land performance on the Front Range. The band will be playing local photographer Lisa Siciliano’s art show Friday, December 9th at Boulder’s Riverside. Then on Friday, December 30th the group will be at Longmont’s Oskar Blues to close out 2016.

Make sure to keep up with Broken Land on their website, and check out one of their earlier EPs below:

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 09/16, 09/17, & 09/18

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Fall is in the air and it tastes good. So will these shows, we promise:

Today (Friday 09/16):

Dylan Mathews at Still Cellars in Longmont 630PM-Close

Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Dylan Mathews will help you ride into the weekend tonight at Still Cellars. With a mix of spoken word, live-looping, guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, ukulele, and viola playing, Mathews will be bringing a sweet mix of sounds to his set. Playing covers and original tunes, Mathews sounds like a perfect way to start the weekend right. Go check him out tonight! Bonus: If you happen to miss this set, you can see Mathews tomorrow night at The No Name Bar at 10PM.

Learn more about Mathews here.

Jus’ Sayin’ at Conor O’Neill’s in Boulder 10PM-Close

Neo-soul outfit Jus’ Sayin’ are playing a hometown show tonight at Conor’s in Boulder. The band released their first EP this summer, which we brought to your ears here. They've been playing shows around the state since, so catch ‘em in town while you can! Let frontman Dechen Hawk croon to you over a brew at this Irish pub and get your groove on. You won’t be disappointed.

Listen to Jus’ Sayin’s addicting “Drug of Choice”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 09/17):

Colorado Crush Party at Larimer Lounge in Denver 8PM-Close

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There’s something a little different going down at the Larimer tomorrow that we think is worth bringing your way: The Crush, a festival on a mission to celebrate art, especially in urban environments, is throwing a party at the Lounge to celebrate The RiNo Art District. In their attempt to “establish a new definition of what art can mean in Denver”, The Crush gathers individuals together “to celebrate art, urban beautification, creativity, and culture”. So go do it with ‘em! There will be art and parties all over the RiNo district and you can check out a ton of featured local artists and their work here.

Grab more event details here.

Josh Moorehead & The Guestlist with Evan Holm & The Restless Ones and Bark Wilson at Syntax Physic Opera in Denver 9PM-Close

Josh Moorehead & The Guestlist.

Josh Moorehead & The Guestlist.

Denver’s Syntax is hard not to love. Tonight, there are three sweet local acts on the all-Denver lineup that you should definitely go lend an ear to. Bark Wilson, a four-piece rock’n’roll project, will open the evening, followed by folk/soul outfit Evan Holm & The Restless Ones. Holm will be dropping new tunes soon, and we’ll bring those your way, but head to his show tonight for a live preview! Finally, Josh Moorehead & The Guestlist, a five-piece western swing act we’ve seen several times and really dig, will close the night out in an outrageous, bluesy buckin’ party. They will be playing a set of almost entirely new tunes, so this is your chance to hear what they’ve been up to this year before they drop it for the masses! Roll down!

Check out JMATG’s “Free From It All”:

All Weekend (09/16-09/18):

Downtown Boulder Fall Fest in Boulder- Various Sets and Times

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Autumn is almost here! And this weekend, Boulder is celebrating its favorite golden season with a giant downtown festival. There will be a beer garden, and all your favorite Pearl spots will be open for tasty food. As for music, this fest only books tribute bands, ranging from the styles of The Police to Steely Dan to Santana to Matchbox Twenty (here's to hoping these last two join forces for "Smoothe"). Hit this list for the full music lineup. Get outside while you still can!

More event details in this link.

Telluride Blues & Brews Fest in Telluride- Various Sets and Times

Telluride is arguably the most poppin’ spot around for Colorado music festivals. This summer alone, we’ve covered a number of fests there, and we’ve always had a rockin’ time. This weekend, the annual Blues & Brews Fest is taking over the mountain town, and headliners include Joe Walsh, Gary Clark Jr., and The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band. There are a number of local artists too, including Jamestown Revival and A.J. Fullerton. The event is almost sold out, but you can still nab 3-day passes here.

More event details in this link.

See you out Colorado!

-Hannah

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Francis and the Wolf: Longmont's American Rock and Roll Band

Francis and the Wolf is a self-described “American rock and roll band founded on love for a solid groove, melodic guitars, and a song that has something to say”. Over the past year, the Longmont-based four-piece have been delving into new sounds, added a new bass player, and have played a slew of shows at The Roost. Francis and the Wolf’s current lineup consists of Aaron Wardle (vocals), Sam Brewer (guitar), Joshua Quesada (drums), and Ryan Hartkopf (bass).

Listen to Francis and the Wolf’s live performance of their tune “Ol’ Lady”:

FATW first began jamming together at Groben Bart, and just a few months ago, made their debut into the Boulder music scene with a show at Shine. Since then, Francis and the Wolf have played a number of Colorado shows, and are actually slated to play Liquid Mechanics Brewing next Saturday, July 30th. Grab show details here.

You can check out more from Francis and the Wolf on their website and Facebook. And make sure to stop by their shows soon this weekend to check them out!

-Hannah

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Antonio Lopez Just Dropped New Music- Listen to "Cloud 9000: Vol.2: The Alamosa EP"

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Antonio Lopez's newest EP will put you in one easy-listening mood.

Antonio Lopez.

Antonio Lopez.

Local singer/songwriter Antonio Lopez dropped the second volume in his Cloud 9000 project yesterday, titled Cloud 9000: Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP. Lopez dropped his first EP in this eventual trio series back in 2011, which you may remember as Cloud 9000: Vol.1: The Minneapolis EP. For Lopez, each chapter (or EP) in the project is the chance to work in and reflect on a place that has inspired this Colorado songsmith.

So it was no surprise that for the recording of Cloud 9000: Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP, Lopez made his way back to his hometown of Alamosa, where he worked on the EP with the musical mentors of his youth. Said Lopez, “Growing up in that type of rural environment was invigorating as a boy seeking adventure and also as a young musician. Sure, there wasn’t [a] ton of live music happening every night of the week, but that just left me more time to hang out in my bedroom jamming along to Red Hot Chili Pepper records.”

Listen to Cloud 9000: Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP:

But the songs on this EP don't just reflect on Lopez’s childhood; they’re also inspired by his time at Adams State University, where he double majored in guitar performance and music composition. His time at university is what Lopez describes as a “pivotal point in my musical evolution.” Said Lopez, “After each lesson with my composition professor Matthew Schildt, I felt like a kid who [had] just received a new box of Legos. I’d go home and try and build something cool utilizing what I [had] just learned.” It made sense then that Schildt, along with musicians Don Richmond, Don Conoscenti and James W. Doyle, were the core team of musical mentors that Lopez worked with on his newest EP.

This week, Lopez will actually have two chances for you to celebrate his release with him. The first is at Tuft Theatre at Swallow Hill this Saturday at 8PM. Boulder-in-the-Round creator and singer/songwriter Theresa Peterson will open the show. The second party will be held at Still Cellars next Thursday at 7PM. For that show, Wilson Harwood (who just released new material himeself), will share the stage as opening act.

When asked about the inspiration behind Cloud 9000: Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP, Lopez told us, “This collection of songs is my farewell to the past. While I have cherished memories from those days, there are also some I'd rather not mention. This EP brings closure to that chapter of my life.”

So make sure to celebrate beginnings and endings with this talented local artist this weekend and next week! More information on both shows can be found here.

-Hannah

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BolderBeat's Tiny Desk Contest Compilation + This Weekend's Shows to See

By: Hannah Oreskovich

You entered. We watched (and listened).

Hey Colorado! A lot of local acts have been working on something awesome the past couple of weeks- their submissions to NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest! As you probably know, NPR has a sweet feature called Tiny Desk, the brainchild of Bob Boilen, who is also the creator of All Songs Considered. Boilen essentially invites artists to play at his desk and their intimate performances are recorded live; often they’re really badass. Check out some of the most recent Tiny Desk performances here.

Last year, NPR started the Tiny Desk Contest, allowing any and every US artist to have a shot at getting an invite to play Boilen’s sought-after desk. The winner was Fantastic Negrito, who you can check out here. This year, the winner will play the Tiny Desk and also appear in a taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another and tour the US with NPR and Lagunitas. We kept seeing so many local band’s submissions pop up that we decided to throw them all in a feature for your viewing pleasure. We were impressed by everyone’s submissions and we're sure you will be too. So give these vids some traffic yo:

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Pretty sweet collection, eh?

PS: We couldn’t totally forgo our weekend picks, so here are some shows with their event links to check out the next two nights:

Tonight (Friday, 02/05):

Ancient Elk, The Velveteers, and The Savage Blush at Syntax Opera House in Denver

Hunter Stone at Taco Junky in Boulder

Many Mountains with Still Cellars Distillery and Arthouse in Longmont

Whiskey Autumn and Shiny Shoes First Funk Friday at The Bohemian Biergarten in Boulder

Tomorrow (Saturday, 02/06):

Andrew Sturtz at The Infinite Monkey Theorem in Denver

Griz with Special Guests at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver

Imaginary Pointsmontropo, Glimjack, and Shuad’Dib at The Forge in Boulder

Na’an Stop with Policulture and Realtalk at The Fox Theatre in Boulder

Sam Hozdulick’ Album Release Party with Special Guests at Lost Lake in Denver

Both Nights:

Opening Music Weekend at Cafe Aion featuring Paul Kimbiris and Foxfeather

And don’t forget to tune in Sunday for our partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions! We will feature Na’an Stop’s “Win a Bagel” in honor of their headlining performance at The Fox this Saturday. Crank your dials to 95.5FM in Boulder Sunday night between 9-10PM, or stream Green Light here. Listen for local!

Thanks for keeping us afloat as we continue to support local music. If you dig what we’re doing, please give us a like on Facebook (especially from your band page so we can keep up with all you do).

-Hannah

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